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Author Blair, Dennis C., author.

Title Military engagement. Volume 1, Overview and action plan : influencing armed forces worldwide to support democratic transitions / Dennis Blair
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Contents Foreword / Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction : influencing dictatorships to become democracies -- What the armed forces look like in a democracy -- Regional transitions to democracy -- Developing democracy : the crucial role of the armed forces -- Outside influences on democratic development -- Military-military relations during violent insurrections and Campaigns of civil resistance -- Hard cases -- The challenge ahead -- Appendixes -- A. Essential elements of intelligence information needed before meeting with counterparts in authoritarian countries -- B. The role of the armed forces in a democratic system : template for a war college or regional center seminar -- C. Field trip itineraries for military students from autocratic and transitional countries -- D. exercise checklist for the legal and democratic use of force -- Notes -- Further reading -- Index
Summary "This handbook is about the role of armed forces in the support and spread of democracy," as Blair states in the Introduction. He provides a concise overview of the topic, including a set of recommendations for officers and defense officials. In eight brisk chapters, Blair shows how established democracies can --and why they should --take full advantage of their points of contact to move dictatorships toward democracy. He explores the potential for democratic armed forces to influence change both in dictatorships like Iran and North Korea and transitioning countries such as Egypt, Kazakhstan and Burma. Recent events in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya demonstrated that the way in which the military responds to calls for democratic change is crucial in shaping the outcome of potential transitions. What is less understood, however, is the potential role of outside influence in such situations --specifically, how military officers and defense officials in the United States and other democracies can use their relationships with military officers in transitioning countries to improve the prospects for democracy. Under the leadership of Admiral Dennis Blair, the Council for a Community of Democracies has developed a project to inform, guide, and strengthen democratic transitions. They describe how the democracies can prepare ahead of time and respond quickly and effectively in a time of crisis. This project establishes a knowledge base and set of recommendations for military officers and defense officials to support democratic movements
Notes "A project of the Council for a Community of Democracies."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 127-130) and index
Notes English
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Subject Armed Forces -- Civic action.
Armed Forces -- Political activity.
Civil-military relations.
Politics and war.
World politics -- 21st century.
Armed Forces -- Civic action.
Armed Forces -- Political activity.
Civil-military relations.
Politics and war.
World politics.
Form Electronic book
Author Council for a Community of Democracies, issuing body.
LC no. 2013001646
ISBN 0815724497